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Charter of Fair Trade Principles
09 December 2013
Article Index
Charter of Fair Trade Principles
Common Vision
Fair Trade Definition
Core Principles
An additional Fair Trade dimension to labour rights
Implementation - distinct approaches to Fair Trade
Fair Trade is unique

Fair Trade Definition

The currently accepted definition of Fair Trade is as follows:  

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by  consumers, are engaged actively  in supporting producers,  awareness  raising  and  in  campaigning  for  changes  in  the  rules  and  practice  of conventional international trade.” 

Fair Trade products are produced and traded in accordance with these principles - wherever possible verified by credible, independent assurance systems.

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